Monthly Archives: July 2008

Adoption story tonight on Nightline

Heads up: Tonight on Nightline (which airs at 11:35 p.m. here on the East Coast), host Cynthia McFadden — an adoptee herself — joins Cynthia Guditus, a 43-year-old adoptee, in her journey to find and contact her natural mother in “Where Did I Come From?”

Guditus was helped in her search by Pam Slaton — the woman who linked rapper DMC with his first mother. After finding the contact information, Guditus struggles with how her phone call might affect not only herself, but the woman on the other end of the phone line, who, it seems, is a very private person.

It seems the report not only follows her as she considers such “what ifs,” but is there for those emotional charged moments when she actually dials the telephone.

I’m not only interested in seeing the program, but how McFadden, in her dual role as reporter and adoptee, portrays adoption itself — as we know, it doesn’t often get a fair or accurate shake in the press.


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